Al-Khelaifi: We are negotiating with Nice to sign coach Galtier

PARIS: Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of Paris Saint-Germain, French Ligue 1 champion, said on Tuesday he was in negotiation with Nice to appoint the coach Christophe Galtier in replacement of the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino. French sports daily L’Equipe reported Monday that Galtier was ready to take over as Paris Saint-Germain manager, but that the announcement of his appointment would have to await the departure of Argentine Pochettino. “We have a squad of coaches,” Qatar Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien newspaper today in a detailed interview. “We are in negotiations with Nice. This is not a secret ». Pochettino, the team’s current manager, appointed 18 months ago, has come under pressure for not helping Paris Saint-Germain continue their campaign in Champions League last season, after being eliminated in the round of 16. Galtier coached Nice before the start of last season after leading his former team, Lille, to win their first Scudetto since 2011 the previous season. Al-Khelaifi also appeared to put an end to persistent speculation about French legend Zinedine Zidane, rejecting reports that the club he would negotiate with the 1998 World Cup winner to take over as team manager next season. “Lot of club they are interested in hiring him, including national teams, but we have never negotiated with him, “Al-Khelaifi said. (Reuters)